Kaplan Law School loses Shearman & Sterling to University of Law

Kaplan Law School has lost Shearman & Sterling as a client after the US firm switched its Legal Practice Course (LPC) training to the University of Law.

ULaw will be teaching Shearman’s prospective trainees, of whom there are between 15 and 17 annually, from this September.

The win is a coup for ULaw, after it lost contracts with magic circle outfits Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance to rival BPP recently, with firms such as DAC Beachcroft, DWF and Osborne Clarke also swapping to its rival. Linklaters is the only magic circle firm to remain with ULaw, signing a five-year contract this year.

Kaplan, which lost Trowers & Hamlins to ULaw in June, is the smallest of London’s private legal education providers. It has faced difficulties of late, axeing its Bar course last year as it failed to make the course ‘economically viable’.

ULaw, which yesterday promised to reimburse unsuccessful LPC graduates, has had a turbulent few months. It was sold for an undisclosed sum earlier this year to Global University Systems for an undisclosed sum within three years of being bought by Montagu Private Equity and just this week it was revealed that CEO John Latham, who replaced longstanding chief Nigel Savage, had departed after less than two years. David Johnston has been appointed the new chief executive officer and Andrea Nollent is now provost and chief academic officer. The university today announced that Lord Grabiner QC is to be its new president.

ULaw also recently launched a business school, De Broc, which will run undergraduate degrees in business and management, business and finance and business and marketing.